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Embracing Change: How Northwest ATTC is Helping Programs Enhance Their Co-occurring Disorder Services – A Model for Success

Published: 07/21/2022
By Denna Vandersloot, co-director, Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center Many clients seeking care for their substance use disorder also have co-occurring mental health disorders – and vice versa. Treating both types of conditions at the same time by providing quality integrated services is more effective than treating each disorder separately. Yet while integrated care has […]
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Embracing Change: Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS) Promotes Recovery Community Organizations

Published: 07/07/2022
Editor's note: This post is part of the ATTC Network's "Embracing Change" series. The work to curb the impact of opioid use disorder and other forms of addiction is diverse and expansive. However, one fundamental portion of the effort comes via Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs), which deliver needed recovery support services to community members from […]
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SUD and Beyond: Schools Use NIATx To Improve Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts

Published: 06/14/2022
By: Kristina Spannbauer, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, & PTTC Communications Specialist The NIATx model for process improvement was initially based on the question: Could the strategies used to improve processes in manufacturing and other industries be used to improve services in other fields, such as in substance use disorder (SUD), mental health, and educational settings? […]
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A Glimpse of New York State’s Program to Address Hepatitis C and SUD

Published: 05/17/2022
Public health officials in New York State have launched a new learning collaborative aiming to integrate Hepatitis C testing and treatment into Opioid Treatment Programs.  One of the ATTC Network's products, Guide to Integrating HCV Services into Opioid Treatment Programs, played a key role in helping launch the collaborative. Here's our Q&A with Mehvish Bhatti, project […]
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Alcohol is STILL a Drug

Published: 04/14/2022
April was first designated as Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 to increase public awareness about the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorder—which remains a tenacious public health concern in the U.S.  For decades, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment focused on alcohol use disorder (Kinney, 2021).  “Gradually, other substances such as freebase cocaine, crack cocaine, […]
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Five Obstacles to Providing Substance Use & Mental Health Services for Black Americans

Published: 04/08/2022
Black people in the United States have rates of mental health conditions and substance use comparable to the general population. Yet outcomes for Black/African American people are poorer overall compared to the general population. A recent study found that older Black men were dying of opioid overdose at a rate four times greater than the […]
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Strategies for Addressing Stimulant Use Among Women: An ATTC Collaborative Project ECHO Series

Published: 11/04/2020
Maureen NicholsDirector, South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer CenterHHS Region 6 Co-authors: Pat StilenDirector Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer CenterHHS Region 7Thomasine HeitkampPI and Co-DirectorMountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer CenterHHS Region 8 An overriding concern in the behavioral health field in HHS Region 6 in the past several years is […]
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NIATx Principle # 4: Getting Ideas from Outside the Field …Or From Inside Track and Field

Published: 09/30/2020
By Mat Roosa, LCSW-RNIATx Coach The United States has consistently produced some of the best track and field sprinters for decades and decades. And the United States 4x100 relay teams have been disqualified from a painfully large number of World Championship and Olympic races as a result of dropped batons or botched handoffs. Why have […]
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Share Your Perspectives about Opioid Use Disorder among People with Disabilities from Minority Backgrounds

Published: 06/10/2020
Share Your Perspectives about Opioid Use Disorder among People with Disabilities from Minority Backgrounds.Please click or cut and paste survey link below to participate: We are pleased to invite substance, mental health service and vocational rehabilitation professionals (e.g., counselors, clinicians, directors) from across the country that provide to participate in a national study on […]
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The World in our Hearts: A Message from the ATTC and NIATx Networks

Published: 04/15/2020
Contributed by the Southeast ATTC Dawn Tyus, Director Pamela Woll, Product and Curriculum Development Consultant Greetings from the makeshift offices we’ve set up in our kitchens and basements and spare bedrooms. The world outside our windows looks like a normal, pretty Spring day, but the world that lives in our hearts is going through some strange, difficult […]
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DEBUNKED Podcast launched to Debunk Myths about Harm Reduction

Published: 04/04/2020
By Dr. Sandra H. Sulzer The Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative of Utah State University has launched a podcast to debunk myths around harm reduction. The first two episodes are already released with a pending special episode on COVID-19 myths in production. While harm reduction strategies such as syringe distribution and naloxone education are the […]
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Hepatitis C Prescriber Toolkit

Published: 02/12/2020
Laura W. Cheever, MD, ScM Associate Administrator for HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Although advances in HIV care and treatment result in longer life expectancy for people with HIV, those who are coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C have a high risk of liver-related illness and death. Viral hepatitis progresses faster and causes more liver-related health problems […]
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American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium

Published: 10/23/2019
Exciting things are happening at American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry’s (AAAP) 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium this year in San Diego, CA. AAAP is offering two Pre-Conference courses: Advanced Addiction Psychopharmacology, and Addictions and Their Treatment. These two courses will immerse you into a world of clinical knowledge that will help you improve your […]
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Recovery Month: Reflections on 30 Years

Published: 09/30/2019
Since beginning in 1989, SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month has celebrated the millions of Americans who have achieved recovery from a substance use or mental health disorder. It’s also a month to shine a light on the hard work of those who work in treatment and recovery services. Here, treatment professionals and researchers reflect on how […]
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National Recovery Month 2019: ATTC Resources Address Treatment and Recovery in Diverse Populations

Published: 09/13/2019
By Maureen Fitzgerald  Great Lakes ATTC  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) first launched National Recovery Month in September 1989 to celebrate the millions of Americans living in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Over the past 30 years, National Recovery Month has promoted the message that treatment works, people […]
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The Role of Spirituality and Faith in the Treatment and Healing of SUDs

Published: 08/15/2019
Dawn Tyus, LPC, MAC, NCC Director, Southeast ATTC Celene Craig, MPH, MS Over the past decade, there has been an emphasis on addressing the acute alcohol and drug addiction crisis in the United States. In 2016, more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S., a 21.5% increase from 2015. As of 2018, 20.1 […]
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Hepatitis C (HCV) Current Initiative Prepares New Trainers

Published: 07/23/2019
Meet the Trainer: Jess Draws Maureen Fitzgerald Great Lakes ATTC Back/Middle Row from left: Cindy Christy, Erin Winstanley, Joe McAdams, Kurt Begaye, Brian Hartzler, Hannah Eckes, Jace Dyckman, Lucas Piper, Diana Padilla (master trainer), Ed Johnson, Chris Harsell, Grant Hovik, Al Hasson, Maxine Henry, Robert Peralta, Holly Hagle, Robert Jope Front row from left: Tammy […]
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AMERSA Conference: Reflecting back on 2018 highlights and looking ahead to this year's conference

Published: 07/09/2019
Claire Anne Simeone, DNP, FNPMatthew Tierney, RN, MSN, NP Shannon Mountain-Ray, LICSWScott E. Hadland, MD, MPH, MS AMERSA (The Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction) held its 42nd annual conference at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco on November 8-11, 2018, with sponsorship support from the ATTC Network […]
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Help people with opioid use disorders with ATTC Network Educational Packages: TwitterChat on Oct.30!

Published: 10/26/2018
October 29, 2018 What do you need to know to help people with opioid use disorders? Finding the answer to that question is now easier with the ATTC Educational Packages for Opioid Use Disorders. Each digital guide offers information and links to the latest resources on how to: Prevent opioid misuse Intervene with individuals at […]
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Helping African-American Emerging Adults At Risk for Substance Use Disorder: Developing Resilience

Published: 09/27/2018
October 2, 2018 Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC Originally published in the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery  Given the multiple risk factors for heavy substance use which impacts many African America Emerging Adults, ranging from easy access to drugs, poorly performing schools, father hunger, the presence of gangs within communities, early criminal […]
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Community Resilience: Recovering Together

Published: 07/26/2018
July 30, 2018 Caroline Miller, MSW Director, Wisconsin Voices for Recovery Associate Researcher, UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Rally for Recovery, State Capitol, Madison WI, September 2017 Wisconsin Voices for Recovery is actively building community resilience through its events and programming across the state. Two initiatives in particular, the ED2Recovery program and […]
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Looking for a job in behavioral health?

Published: 04/03/2018
April 4, 2018 Maureen Fitzgerald ATTC Network Coordinating Office/NIATx You can job hunt from the comfort of  your own home at The Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair, coming up on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. This online event is designed to help you connect with potential employers in areas with limited access to care. The Health […]
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Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse: Upcoming Conference Celebrates 15 years

Published: 03/20/2018
March 20, 2018 Carol Spiker, LAC, CPP, KCGC Problem Gambling Program Manager Behavioral Health Services Commission Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Gambling is an activity in which something of value is risked on a chance that something of value might be obtained, the outcome based on chance. Organized gambling has grown tremendously in […]
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Responsible Gambling Programs

Published: 03/12/2018
March 13, 2017Christine ReillySenior Research DirectorNational Center for Responsible Gaming Warning messages on gaming machines. Self-exclusion programs. Programs to limit money and time spent gambling. These are just a few responsible gambling strategies in use around the world. Responsible gambling (RG) refers to programs that seek to prevent or reduce gambling-related harms. The impetus behind […]
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